The Hague, Netherlands

International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice

when 2 July 2018 - 7 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 950

This unique programme gives a broad overview of the laws of armed conflict, covering, among others, the classification of conflicts, protection of the civilian population, combatants and prisoners of war, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities, and the law of non-international armed conflict. It moreover offers opportunities to test the acquisition of knowledge through interactive exercises, including an exciting paintball simulation game. The course also brings together students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, experience and perspectives.

This third edition of the International Humanitarian Law Summer School is hosted by the Grotius Centre and is designed by the Grotius Centre Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law in close cooperation with the Netherlands Red Cross.

Course leader

Dr. Robert Heinsch, Associate Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University

Target group

This Summer School is opened to students and professionals who would like to acquire general knowledge of International Humanitarian Law.

Course aim

The International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice Summer School offers a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on the rules and laws of armed conflict in the heart of The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with fellow students and practitioners from all over the world.

Credits info

The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme.
Furthermore, we can issue a statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours in class, preparation time and assignments, keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 hours of study. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 950: The fee includes access to the wifi network of Leiden University, course materials (including the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols), a certificate of participation, an information briefing at one of the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague, a visit to the archives of the Netherlands Red Cross, a paintball game, lunches and refreshments on class days, a welcome dinner in the city centre and a farewell dinner at the beach.
EUR 800: We offer a special Early Bird fee of €800 to the participants who register before 1 March 2018. Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for another Grotius Centre summer school also pay a reduced fee of €800.


There is no scholarship available for this summer school.